WILLIAM F. BARTH, an enterprising young business man of Wellsburg, was born at that place August 26, 1861, the son of Hugh and Frances (Letzkus) Barth. His father, a native of Wurtemburg, Germany, came to America when sixteen years old, and at Pittsburgh, learned cabinet making, working for $25 and board the first year, $30 and board the second year, and $50 the third year, which sum he lost by the failure of his employer in 1857. He engaged in business at Wellsburg in 1858, and continued in the furniture trade until the spring of 1866, when he opened a general store, which he conducted until his death, August 3, 1888, at the age of fifty-one years. His sight began to fail him in 1873, and during the last two years of his life he was entirely blind from cataract. He was a man of good education, a worthy and intelligent citizen, and a devoted member of the Catholic church. His widow is still living in Wellsburg, and holds an interes in the business. These parents had nine children, five of whom are living, William F. being the oldest. The subject of this sketch began clerking in his father's store at the age of sixteen years, has since continued in the business, and is now classed among the responsible, energetic and progressive men of the town. He takes an active part in public affairs, and has served the town as city clerk and held a seat in the council. Mr. Barth was married in 1884 to Mary Holt, of Steubenville, daughter of James Holt, of Steubenville, a native of England. Her father is a man well and favorably known in business and social circles at his home.
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